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Echinacea May Help With Excess Inflammations



Echinacea is a plat with magnificently attractive flowers. It has several species that are used to make medicine - from its flowers, leaves, and roots. This herb’s chemical constituents are powerful immunity stimulators and can provide a significant therapeutic value. Some of its beneficial components are essential oils, flavonoids, inulin, polysaccharides, and vitamin C.


Inflammation is our body’s natural way of promoting healing and defending itself. However, once this inflammation gets out of hand and lasts for longer than necessary and expected, it may raise our risk of chronic diseases and other health problems (1). Diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic peptic ulcers, and tuberculosis have been linked with inflammation (2).


Several factors may increase inflammation. These include older age, obesity, a diet that is rich in unhealthful fats and added sugar, smoking, low sex hormones, stress, and sleep problems (9).


According to the University of British Columbia, regular echinacea consumption can effectively reverse and alleviate various types of inflammation (3).


In a study involving adults with osteoarthritis, experts found the after 30 days of taking a supplement containing echinacea extract, participants had significantly reduced inflammation, chronic pain, and swelling (4).


Furthermore, experts have also found that consuming echinacea tea or extracts helped set off an anti-inflammatory process, which reduces sore throat, oral pain, and even UTIs (5).


It also sets off the secretion of cytokine, which in turn is responsible for reducing inflammation and is helpful in reducing muscle soreness (6,7).


Also, in an animal study, echinacea compounds helped reduce important inflammatory markers and memory loss caused by inflammation (8).


Regular consumption of Echinacea herbal tea may help to reduce system-wide inflammation. Here’s how to make a cup of it:


  1. Simmer 8 oz of water in a small pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the fresh (1/2 cup) or dried Echinacea (1/4 cup)
  3. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea into a mug and add honey!


Other Benefits Of Echinacea


  1. May reduce flu symptoms and duration of illness
  2. May Relieve Upper Respiratory Issues
  3. May improve skin issues
  4. May Improve Mental Health
  5. Functions as a laxative
  6. May alleviate pain
  7. May boost the immune system


Sources:


  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/echinacea#side-effects
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248423
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19107735/
  4. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27737573/
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23455214/
  6. https://www.wellandgood.com/echinacea-benefits/
  7. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22235424/
  8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28003341/
  9. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248423#causes


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